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Artist: Roy Montgomery
Title: Inroads
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Rebis (@)
Rated: *****
The amazing Rebis label is back with this double collection of Roy Montgomery's solo works. Now, I assume that everyone knows Roy Montgomery and Rebis but for those who don't, Montgomery is a cult guitarist hailing from New Zeland who played with Dadamah, Hash Jar Temple, Dissolve and The Pin Group (a criminally underrated postpunk act) - surely he's a prime mover of the NZ experimental scene that spawned so many brilliant bands and artists (to name a few : The Dead C, Birchville Cat Motel and Dean Roberts). His solo works are always halfway between avantgarde guitarplay, somehow similar to Loren Mazzacane Connors' "In Twilight" , and feedback/drone rock (he's got a monster split 12" with Flying Saucer Attack on VHF). Rebis is a label hailing from Chicago that deals with unusual drones - and put out some riveting records by My Cat Is An Alien and Jazzfinger among others. This double collection gathers some long unavailable tracks along with some unreleased ones. Covering a timespan of more than ten years (fifteen? more?), the music on this collection falls under several driftings and variations but in every track you can hear the evocative ragas wrung from his haunted nylon strings. Just one warning for those who will approach Montgomery for the first time: he's highly addictive and you'll probably be wanting to hear more and more from this artist. Essential listening.
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Artist: Aestetic Idiosyncrasy (@)
Title: Past Tales
Format: CD
Label: Hypervoxx Recordings (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
With AESTETIC IDIOSYNCRASY the Hypervoxx/Telegrammetry label group signs on another newcomer act hailing out of Germany. AI consist of Christian Marks and he offers his debut, which is musically a convincing mixture of already discovered Futurepop-paths with some Dark Electro elements thrown in. Think of SYSTEM SYN and/or VIRTUAL VICTIM mixed with DECODED FEEDBACK to their "Mechanical Horizon"-times for a possible comparison – well, surely not the worst references around. While the music drifts between the styles, the same rating has to be given on Christian quite well sounding vocals – at times high-pitched distorted, at times natural and clear sounding – also here no reason for complaints. Indeed, "Past Tales" clocks about more than 71 minutes and comes out quite convincing, featuring some good food designed for dancefloor activities like "Border Of Lies", "Break Into Pieces" (although I would like to hear such an outstanding orchestral-like string arrangement on a somehow rather calm track...), or "Pay The Price". Favorite and surely that track which fits the most with the above mentioned comparison to DECODED FEEDBACK is "Dying Grace (RMX)" with some warm synth pads and complimenting piano drops, well done, the so-called I-see-experience. For the rather Futurepop-oriented audience both tracks "All The Scars Remain" and "Glass Of Equality" seem to be the most ear-catching pieces of work on this album. If there’s seriously any real reason to search for the hair in the soup, then maybe that the fact, that Christian doesn’t re-invent the wheel – which means, that his style, sound and kind has been already presented often enough before. But finally, who nowadays is able to provide something new, unheard, unique and innovative? Musically one of the best – if not the best – artists signed to Hypervoxx and I hope for a continuation of this project.
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Artist: ADAM-X (@)
Title: State Of Limbo
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Since the label Psycho Dynamics with the responsible man behind, the Belgian cult-musician and producer Eric van Wonterghem (MONOLITH, INSEKT), has ended the cooperation with Alfa-Matrix, the Italian label Rustblade could score immense to have him on board. At least Eric has done several additional studio work like mastering in his legendary Prodam studio, he has built the BAHNTIER/MONOLITH side-project DETUNE-X and his past MONOLITH-discography will be re-released in a special boxset through Rustblade soon. You ask, what this story has to do with ADAM X? Well, the last ADAM X album got released through the now defunct Psycho Dynamics/Alfa Matrix collaboration, and Eric of course provided the mastering also on this "State Of Limbo"-album. No matter how much bucks, praise and fame ADAM X Mitchell has earned before with his rather commercial-oriented Techno side of music, this new album hasn’t got anything to do with light-hearted chill-out Electronica. "State Of Limbo" is globally a beasty and ominous sounding Dark Electro/Industrial album, which features several excursions into the rhythmically Powernoise genre. What surprises is the fact, that ADAM X now sings on one or another track ("Programmed To Win", "Shape Takes Form" or "State Of Limbo"), quite unusual for this genre, but I like to encourage him to continue so. This album is an ideal addition for people having a fable for hammering steel rhythms ("Steel Shredder"!!!) and percussive moments, even more if the chosen sounds offer such a diversity and experimental background like on "State Of Limbo". Congrats also to Mr. Mitchell for the providing of a much better album than the last one at Alfa Matrix. Special thanks also to our Chain D.L.K. vice chief in person, Mr. Maurizio Pustianaz, for filling my heap with this great Rustblade release.
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Artist: SUDETEN CRECHE (@)
Title: Wounds
Format: 7"
Label: Anna Logue Records (@)
Rated: *****
After releasing on early 80's one track (the famous "Are kisses out fashion" on EP compilation "Europe in the Year Zero", record which featured also Yazoo) plus the "Kindergarten" E.P. on Illuminated Records the English Duo Sudeten Creche reformed in 2006 and started to work at new songs. The Anna Logue Records 7" include two demos of tracks coming from their forthcoming album "A kiss from the Creche" plus "Rogues" an adaptation of a Robert Burns writing (1790) with music coming from a traditional melody (I dunno if Scottish or English but I think it is the first case as the lyrics start with the words "Farewell to all our Scottish fame"). Too bad the single length is about 10 minutes and the main tracks will be released with a definitive mix this year. In any case, if you want a taste of what it will sound, "Glorious treason" and "Wounds" are two nice upbeat synthpop tunes (I don't know why but the second one recalled me Classix Nouveaux) with a little melancholic mood but with good melodies and lyrics ("I want to part his flesh / just to make him see / these wounds that you cause / are made real in me).
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Compost Blacklabel Series Vol.3 - Mixed by Jay Shepheard
Format: CD
Label: Compost Records (@)
Rated: *****
Compiled by Jay Shepheard (here present with two of his tracks), this third volume of tracks coming from the Black Label series of Compost Records (series focused on a more house and techno sound) gathers fourteen of them starting with "Bikini" by Phreek Plus One (a good 4/4 mid tempo instrumental with some 80's electro intuitions) and fading into Alex Attias pres Mustang's Quarion dub version of "Finding who we are" (a sensual dub ambient). With the following Muallem and Manuel Tur &Dplay we are again diving into the house techno pool (two tracks which create a good ambience but that sounds a little static). Motor City Drum Ensemble with "Stripped down to the bone", instead, sound more psychotic and nervous (and to me, interesting) while Phreek Plus One, with their second track, explore the techno field blending it with a little of ambient and funk. Motor City Drum Ensamble, instead, present some more of their techno house (I preferred their previous track but this one is a nice one). "4NC" by Jay Shepheard is the first of his tracks (the other one is "Pipes n sneakers") but both are based on minimal tech house variations which tend to create an soft warping sound. Of the remaining one I'd like to name TJ King & Nuno Dos Santos feat. Robert Owens and their Wild Glitch Dub version of "Merging" (after a smooth beginning the track start to develop a certain catchy melody) and the following "Break it down" by Shahrokh. Most of the tracks of this compilation are dance floor oriented and I found them a little too hypnotic for a home use so approach to them if you are a hard core fan of the genre.
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